Most everyday pottery, including both useful and decorative items, is created in the form of earthenware or stoneware. The difference is in the type of clay mixture and how it is baked or fired. Earthenware is fired at a lower temperature, which allows for the addition of glazes, while stoneware is much heavier and has a harder finish. Both make practical and durable gifts, and there are a few pottery items that men especially will appreciate.
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One of the most versatile pottery gifts for a man is a large earthenware mug that can be used for coffee, beer or a nice hot cup of soup. These items are generally microwave- and dishwasher-safe and can easily handle daily use. Many manufacturers offer the option of a personalised mug, with the person's name or favourite saying, for example. Giving a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind mug, especially one created by a local artisan, makes for an even more special gift.
A sturdy, ceramic wine chiller is an attractive and practical gift that can also be used as a vase, ice bucket, kitchen utensil holder or even a container for an artist's paintbrushes. Glazed versions can be found in rustic deep greens, blues and browns or two-tones that go especially well in a rustic, country home. Another option is a terracotta ("baked earth") wine chiller, which complements any home style and also makes a nice flowerpot.
For a personal, somewhat more sentimental pottery gift for a man, a wall plaque that he can display in his office, study or workroom is an option. Usually oval or rectangular in shape, and suspended by a cord, these plaques are engraved with a message appropriate for such occasions as anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, fatherhood or retirement. The wording can be humorous, spiritual or related to the recipient's nationality or favourite pastime. Whatever the message, the idea is to make the recipent smile and think of you every time he reads it.
A ceramic men's toiletry organiser is another functional gift that can be used to store shaving items, deodorant and other bathroom items. These pieces can be made to order and come with multiple sections. The same piece could function as a desk organiser for pencils, pens, staplers, letter openers and other office supplies, so you might want to surprise him with two.
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